Thursday, April 16, 2015

Frilford Heath SSSI, 11th April 2015

This week eleven of us met up at Woodhaven,Frilford Heath, a lovely privately owned woodland managed by Natural England. The weather was sunny and warm.

Our tasks were to clear the fallen branches on the ground and remove any branches overhanging the paths.  The wood was then stacked into piles to act as habitats for various woodland creatures.

Our other task was to begin removing the invasive Himalayan Balsam plantsThere were hundreds of small seedlings covering the ground, and we will return later in the season to carry on with this task. The aim is to pull up the HB before the flowers turn to seed, explode, and populate even more of the woodland, thus preventing our native species of flowers and fauna to survive. 
-Lesley


The group at arriving at base camp

Margaret with some Himalayan Balsam

Kate cutting back a branch

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